15 Little Ways To Improve Communication In Your Relationship

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If you need to improve communication skills in a relationship, that can feel like a big, overwhelming task. But it's one that has to happen, because it makes every part of your relationship better. "Without a doubt, communication is the most important skill to have in any relationship," Dr. Michele Kerulis, relationships and dating expert and professor at Counseling@Northwestern tells Bustle. "Communication allows us to voice our basic needs to others and also provides opportunities to approach topics like sex and romance, stress management, and conflict resolution."

It's crucial to a relationship — but it's also a really easy thing to tweak. So don't be stressed if you feel like you're not communicating properly. Because the thing about communication that you need to remember is that it's the little things that make a huge difference. Yes, it's really important to be able to disagree and fight well. In fact, being able to fight in a compassionate way can save a relationship. But if your daily communication skills are on point, then actually those big conversations aren't so scary. Because you know you have the skills to reach each other and you do it before any issue gets out of control.

So focus on the day-to-day things. Here are little ways you can make your communication skills a lot better: